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Dancing With the Stars recap: 'Finale Part 1'

7 perfect scores and so many tears!

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Dancing With the Stars

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough
Current Status:
In Season

Two medical emergencies, a few baby announcements, some Perfect 10’s, and plenty of man tears later, we’ve made it to the finals of Dancing With the Stars. It’s been quite a season of highs and lows, and now Bindi, Nick, Alek and Carlos are the somewhat unlikely group of remaining celebrities battling it out for that mirror ball. Who freestyled their way closer to the win? Meghan Trainor kicks off Part 1 of finale night — minus a mega makeout session!

Carlos and Witney

Foxtrot | “The Hills” by The Weeknd

Carlos and Witney are the only remaining couple who have yet to receive a perfect score, and although Carlos was a contender from the start, I’m still a little surprised he’s here. Moral of the story? Never underestimate the power of a former Nickelodeon star. Bruno comes in and tasks them with the foxtrot, which is a good choice for one of their final numbers. It’s sexy and smoky, and though the first half isn’t 100 percent there for me, they finish strong.

Judges’ Score: 30

Alek and Lindsay

Rumba | “The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore” by James Morrison

Speaking of surprises, I never would’ve predicted Alek would make it to the finals, but I’m so unbelievably happy he did. Carrie Ann joins them for rehearsals, where she reveals they’ll be dancing the hottest dance there is. Alek says he has trouble with getting his sexy on, but I have faith that his silky nighty will get him in the mood. Spoiler alert: He nails it.

Judges’ Score: 27

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Nick and Sharna

Jive | “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars

Nick had a bit of a rough night last week, and Julianne is hoping to get him back on track — as long as his kicks and flicks aren’t loosey-goosey (her words, not mine). Nick knows he’s at the bottom of the pack but also seems more determined than ever to make it to Tuesday night. I wasn’t convinced this would be the dance to push him over the edge, but from the moment Nick started his routine it was game on. The performance was fast, on point, fun, and did you see that flip thing?

Judges’ Score: 30

Bindi and Derek

Quickstep | “Dr. Bones” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Carrie Ann says the judges have given them the toughest dance there is so they can see just how far they’ve come from the last quickstep. As if the dancing wasn’t tough enough, Bindi opens up the number with some theatrical introductions. The whole routine is a bit of a production, and based on their elation after it’s over, they seem a tad surprised they got through it all. All around, another great performance from Bindi.

Judges’ Score: 30

NEXT: A freestyle leaves the entire audience in tears